Student Profiles

Meghan RogersMeghan Rogers is a 4th year doctoral student and the first student in the history of the Department to win the two highest graduate student awards in the same year.  This spring, Megan was nominated and received the Department’s Hue and Cry Award, given to one graduate student each year who best represents the Department’s combined commitment to academic achievement, teaching accomplishments and dedication to the welfare of the Department and its students.  Megan also received the Borkenstein Award, established in recognition of the late Professor, Robert F. Borkenstein, the inventor of the Breathalyzer, and awarded each year to one graduate student for outstanding academic performance.  She is highly deserving of both awards.

Megan came to the Department having completed her Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of Illinois, Springfield, and her Masters of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  Megan is pursuing both a Masters in Applied Statistics and her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and will shortly defend her qualifying exam under the direction of Professor William Pridemore, now on the faculty of Georgia State University.  She recently co-authored an article, along with Professor Pridemore, entitled, “The effect of poverty and social protection on homicide: Direct and moderating effects,” published this year in Social Science Research (Vol. 42, 584-595).  She is currently working on three additional manuscripts emanating from her qualifying exam research.  In addition to her impressive scholarly accomplishments, Megan has served as an Instructor for K300, Techniques of Data Analysis and has served as an Associate Instructor for P100, Introduction to Criminal Justice and P200, Theories of Crime and Deviance.